DNA damage and the science of superheroes

Posted by pt91 at Oct 10, 2011 11:30 AM |
First in a new series of public lectures aims to explain genetics to the uninitiated
DNA damage and the science of superheroes

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The mysterious workings of our DNA are to be laid bare in a series of lectures organised by the Department of Genetics and GENIE, the Centre for Excellence in Teaching and Learning in Genetics. The talks are aimed at non-scientists and hope to make the ins-and-outs of genetics research accessible to those who don't know their RNA from their REM.

The first double-bill of lectures takes place on Tuesday 11th October 2011. In the first half-hour, Professor Anne Willis of the University's MRC Toxicology Unit will talk about some of her world-class research on toxic injury and its effect on genes. Next, Dr Colin Glen of our Department of Genetics will talk about sources of genetic mutations, comic books, cancer, and how exciting new research shows that our DNA blueprint can be changed by non-genetic factors.

Previous lectures in the series have proved hugely popular, and the organisers are keen to continue bringing science to the non-scientists of Leicester.

The lectures will be held at 6.30pm on Tuesday 11th October 2011 in the Frank and Katherine May Lecture Theatre, Henry Wellcome Building, Lancaster Road. The talks will be followed by a drinks reception.